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Smart Alec's Intelligent Food

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2355 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1615
+1 510-704-4000
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This place is priced so wonderfully and they offer healthy food that tastes fabulous. I had the garden delight salad with sesame dressing which ruled. Best salad I've ever had. So many textures and flavors and so fresh tasting. The cornbread was moist and a little bit sweet. Reminded me of the southern cornbread I miss so much. My husband... More 

Thank Deborah L
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Had a large salad, was absolutely excellent, very tasty and delivered fast. Would definetly return here

Thank Maomi N
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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357 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 487 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

I have dined here twice, and the first time do not remember what I had, though I do remember that it was bland and that I was unimpressed. This time I had a Caesar salad and my wife had a sesame chicken salad, and both were about as mundane as salads can get. The menu is varied enough that you... More 

Thank AnnArborMiBob
Santa Cruz, California
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

The garlic fries were all right, and the place itself is nice. Lots of seating, food is cooked fast, and staff are great. The burger was good too once I got rid of the bun. Eating it like a normal burger, it tastes like more bun than anything. But the way they put it all together, I like. The burgers... More 

Thank Jason K
Zurich, Switzerland
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103 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015 via mobile

I love to come here for a quick lunch! The burgers are great and the salads as well. Make sure to always get a cornbread, it's awesome. Of the many options to eat in this area, Alec's is one of my favourites! Don't excpect anything too fanzy though: It is still fast food. But at least you don't pay much... More 

Thank fabian_zurich
San Francisco, California
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204 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

Smart Alec's serves some pretty decent fast food. Their vegetarian options are not bad, and the service is typically friendly. The lines can get a bit long during major meal hours, especially given its close location to the UC Berkeley campus, but they have never been out of hand. The interior can fit quite a few people. The only downside... More 

Thank theprincessandqueen
Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2015

I have been here on more than one occasion while vacationing in the area, and they never disappoint. I love their vegan chili cheese fries, seriously the best chili cheese fries I've ever had, vegan or not. Their chicken sandwiches are always delicious. I make a point of coming here whenever I'm in the area because it's just that good.

Thank Kayla S
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37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2014 via mobile

Their salads are always very fresh and come with AMAZING corn bread. Seriously, I'm not a fan of corn bread, but can eat this one forever. Also, their chef's salad is HUGE! It would be good for 2-3 people to share. I wish it was a bit cheaper for us poor college students :)

Thank Margarita F
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

My fiancee and I are both vegetarians. While we were walking around Berkeley, we decided to stop at Smart Alec's because of their vegetarian menu. After we ordered our food, we had to find a clean table to sit at because most of the tables were dirty. I ordered the veggie burger. It was very, very bland and tasted like... More 

Thank Trina F
Lodi, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

No quite sure how to categories this place - definitely a veggie bias with vegan option but they ask have meat and fish. Not necessarily fast as most stuff seems to be prepared fast so take a short while (no instant gratification!). Ambience is definitely that of a fast food place. The good was ok: eggplant/cheese sandwich, hamburger and chicken... More 

Thank Paul C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Fast food, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2355 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704-1615
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-704-4000

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?